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Troopers: Man, teen cited for shooting swimming deer from boat in Southeast Alaska

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: October 13, 2016
  • Published October 11, 2016

Update, 12 p.m. Thursday: Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday that the 15-year-old with Robert Martin was issued a court summons on three charges in the case.

Charges against the teenager included one count each of taking swimming big game, taking big game with a rimfire firearm and taking big game from a boat.

"Investigation revealed that the juvenile had taken three of the six deer that were unlawfully harvested," troopers wrote.

Original story:A Petersburg man and a teenager aboard a fishing vessel shot and killed a half-dozen deer as the animals were swimming in Southeast Alaska waters over the weekend, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers said in an online dispatch that they spoke Saturday with 49-year-old Robert Martin aboard a vessel near Washington Bay off Kuiu Island.

"Investigation revealed Martin and a 15-year-old on board had taken a total of six deer from the vessel, while the deer were swimming," troopers wrote. "A rimfire rifle and a centerfire rifle had been used in the violation. The six deer were seized as well as both rifles."

The deer had been killed on the same day, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email. There was no tip that led troopers to Martin, Peters said.

"The vessel was boarded because the troopers saw the deer, so they checked to see what the situation was and check licenses and such," she said.

Troopers said the deer had been killed in Mist Cove near Baranof Island, west of Kuiu Island across Chatham Strait.

Martin was cited for taking swimming big game, as well as taking big game from a boat. He is set to be arraigned in Sitka District Court, and the investigation continues, troopers said.

Peters said if the teenager is charged in the incident, troopers will update the online dispatch.

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